I began research for a doctoral dissertation on the Finnish kantele in 1982. On this site I make that dissertation available. For a more concise and scholarly approach, I refer the reader to my kantele and gusli articles published in the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Some related sites:
Hannu Saha's kantele article
Kanteleliitto (Finnish kantele society) in Finnish
Kantele builder Gerry Luoma Henkel
Jussi Laasanen (Master kantele and fiddle maker in Finland)
Zhoukov and Maraev kantele site
Lani K. Thompson's kantelemusic.com site
Ancient Lithuanian Kankles
Note: This site is still under construction. More will be coming in the future.